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May 14, 2013

Heynckes set to retire

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes appeared to end speculation about his future by saying this season would be his last as a coach.

That means that Heynckes, 68, has three more games to complete, two of them being the Champions League final and the DFB Pokal final, which could bring the curtain down on his illustrious career with a historic treble.

"Monchengladbach will be my last game as a Bundesliga coach," Heynckes revealed during the club's open media day ahead of the all-German Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund on May 25. "There are no alternatives left in the Bundesliga after two very successful years working of working on the highest level at Bayern Munich.

"What will happen after that, we will have to wait until after our two finals. I will probably say something in June after the German Cup final."

Heynckes had recently been linked with a return to Spain, with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao all mentioned as possible destinations. However, he dismissed the prospect of a move abroad.

"If I was 10 or 15 year younger, I would consider an engagement abroad. But I am getting a bit long in the tooth and the clubs want to enforce a new generation. You can't do that with a 68-year old," he said.

Heynckes will be on the sidelines for the last time during the German Cup Final between Bayern Munich and Stuttgart on June 1. His last Bundesliga game next Saturday will take place in Monchengladbach, where he started his Bundesliga career as a player in 1965 and made his first steps as coach in 1979.

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